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Power Rankings Roundup: Searching for answers

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Taking a look at this week’s power rankings.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, fans of the Atlanta Hawks are looking at the silver linings in each game. If you haven’t paid attention to the Hawks, they had another rough week.

On the bright side, Cam Reddish seems to be improving week to week, and that is a positive. However, silver linings aren’t enough to help the Hawks break their losing streak and that is the backdrop of this week’s power rankings roundup.

Starting things off for us this week is ESPN reminding the NBA world that the Hawks are the league’s worst team.

The league-worst Hawks have lost four straight games while going 2-8 over their past 10, keeping them at the bottom of these Power Rankings with their minus-9.6 net rating.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com attempts to make an All-Star case for Trae Young as he puts Atlanta at No. 29.

The Trae Young All-Star discussion is kind of fascinating. One one hand, he’s in the top five in both points (28.9) and assists (8.4) per game. On the other hand, his team has the worst record in the league, he’s clearly a huge defensive liability, and all those points and assists have the Hawks 29th in offensive efficiency.

Back to the first hand ... The Hawks have scored 16.6 more points per 100 possessions with Young on the floor (a below-average, but not-so terrible 107.6) than they have with him off the floor (an anemic 91.0). 16.6! After scoring 86 points on 107 possessions in Brooklyn on Sunday, the Hawks have three of the league’s five worst offensive performances of the season. Young was out for two of those three games and played just 15 minutes (before spraining his ankle) in the other one. If he’s not available on Tuesday (after missing the Brooklyn loss with hamstring pain), it should be a good night for the Suns’ defense.

Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports also puts Atlanta at the bottom.

The Hawks have the fewest wins in the NBA, and Trae Young missed Sunday’s blowout loss to the Nets with a hamstring issue. Young is fourth in the NBA in usage rate, so needless to say Atlanta will be lost without him offensively if he misses extended time. It has now lost eight of the nine games that John Collins has played in since returning from suspension, so it hasn’t exactly been the boost it was hoping for. We’ll see if the Hawks make a play for Andre Drummond, whom they’ve reportedly shown interest in, at the trade deadline.

Finally, Tommy Beer of Yahoo Sports keeps it going with keeping Atlanta at No. 30 this week.

The Hawks are riding another losing streak, this one four in a row, and have lost 14 of their last 16 contests. Trae Young (left hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday’s loss against the Nets.

At least the Hawks weren’t dead last across the board. Positives, right?

This might be the week where the Hawks could steal a win. Until then, I will leave a Cam Reddish highlight below because, face it, something positive would be good.

Until next time...